Resources

Below are a list of topics I’ve compiled to help Youth Workers find resources to help them in the Dark Places of youth ministry.    I’ve glanced at these websites briefly to ensure they had some value.  I can’t warranty these sites will be helpful 100% of the time or that they will be consistent with your values.  However, if you find something objectionable or would like to see a site added, please contact me and I’ll do my best to review and add/subtract sites in a timely manner.

Go to

General Help Websites

To Write Love on Her Arms

Focus on the Family

Ministry Watch

Christian Answers

Teen Help

Engaging the Shadows

 

Alcohol – Drug Abuse

Underaged Drinking

Online Quiz for Problem Drinking/Drug Use

Drug Abuse Prevention

HBO’s Addiction Project

Celebrate Recovery

Students Against Drugs and Alcohol

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Alcoholics Anonymous – Keep in mind that many feel NA and AA are different, so refer to the right group first.

Al-Anon- Al Ateen– For family members of problem drinkers

Web of Addictions

Abstinence

Alternatives Pregnancy Center _ Denver, CO

National Abstinence Education Association

Abuse

UK- Relationship Abuse Website

Child Welfare-Abuse Prevention

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

Abuse Survivor

Prevent-Abuse-Now

Anger

Ok.S.U- Anger Page

Anger Management

Anxiety/Panic Attacks

Social Phobia

Panic Attacks

NIMH

Bullying

Stop Bullying

Christian Counselors/Social Workers

National Association of Christian Social Workers

American Association of  Christian Counselors

Crisis Response – Major Disasters

Denver Seminary CISM Team

ICISF – Crisis Intervention Training and Listing of Local Response Agencies

Salvation Army

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief – NAMB-  disaster relief and training.

American Red Cross

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee on Relief

National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Association

Cutting/Self-Harm

Teen Cutting-Self Harm

Mayo Clinic on Cutting

S.A.F.E. Alternatives

Life Hurts God Heals Bundle – Physical

Depression

Depression on Mentalhealth.net

Depressed-Anon

Developmental Disabilities/Autism/Down Syndrome

TheArc – Nationwide support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Down Syndrome Fact Sheet

Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation

CDC’s Developmental Disability Page

NIH’s Developmental Disability  Page

Autism Spectrum Disorders

FEMA Elderly/DD Info

Divorce

Help Guide.org’s Divorce Pages

Children of Divorce

Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Gov’t Site on DV

Teen Dating Violence

Note: Intervening in these situations is especially dangerous.  It is the #1 way Pastors, youth workers, those who intervene get murdered/assaulted each year.

Drug/Alcohol Abuse

Underaged Drinking

Students Against Drugs and Alcohol

Drug Abuse Prevention

Online Quiz for Problem Drinking/Drug Use

HBO’s Addiction Project

Celebrate Recovery

Narcotics Anonymous – Keep in mind that many feel NA and AA are different, so refer to the right group first.

Web of Addictions

Eating Disorders

 Freedom from Eating Disorders

Something Fishy

Mental-Health.net’s Eating Disorder Page

Family

Focus on the Family

Homeword Center for Youth and Family

Forgiveness

Forgiving.org

Gangs

Gangs or Us

God’s Will

Jesus’ Gift

Seek God

Girl/Women Topics

More than Gossip by Neely, My #1 Resource for Women in Youth Ministry.

National Network of Youth Ministry’s Women’s Group

Grieving

Teen and Children’s Grief Resources

Compassionate Friends Network

National Listing of Grief Support Networks

Same Gender Attractions

Where Grace Abounds

Exodus International

And Schools

Hospice

National Hospice and Palliative Care Network

Incest

 Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

Internet Addiction

 Net addiction

Virtual-Addiction

Marriage

Family.org

Mental Illness

National Institute on Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Military

Getting a loved one home (next of kin) after a family member passes away.

Coping with Deployment

About.com’s Marriage and Deployment Page

Obesity

Mayo Clinic

Obsessions and Compulsions

NIMH OCD Page

Int’l OCD Foundation

Parenting

Homeword

Phobias

Anxiety-Phobia Network

Pornography

XXX Church  – Accountability Software

Net Nanny – Filtering Program

Every Man’s Battle

Celebrate Recovery

COSA: (Support for those affected by someone else’s addiction)

Sexaholics Anonymous

Recovering Couples Anonymous

S-Anon: (Support for those affected by someone else’s addiction)

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

Pregnancy

 Alternatives Pregnancy Center

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia.com

Schoolwork

Homework

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem

Sexual Abuse/Rape/Pre-Marital Sex

Abstinence

Christian Help and Recovery Ministries

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

Sex Offender Registry

National Sex Offender Public Website– United States Dept. of Justice

Shyness

Shyness.com

Shyness Help

Suicide

Second Wind Fund – Adolescent Suicidology

American Assoc. Of Suicidology

The Fierce Goodbye – Faith Based resource

Helping teens through a suicide.

Victims of Violence/PTSD

Victims of Violence

Green Cross- Traumatology

NIMH-PTSD

Natl Ctr for PTSD

Safe Horizon

Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

VA-PTSD Page

American Red Cross’ Veterans Page

Support for those in Ministry

 

Background Check Programs

Secure Search

Shepherd’s Watch – Group Pub. Sponsored

Protect My Ministry

Corporate Screening

Equifax, Experian, Transunion

Curriculum/Supplies/Ideas

Pastor2Youth.com -YM Exchange Page

Group Publishing

Youth Ministry.com

Simply Youth Ministry & Simply Youth Ministry Tools

Youth Specialities

Disaster Recovery Training

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief – NAMB-  disaster relief and training. (from pastoral care to chainsaw ministry)

UMCOR – United Methodist Committee on Relief

Education

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education – Learn pastoral care skills in an internship type setting, learning to be a better pastoral caregiver

Christian College Consortium

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Association of Theological Schools

First Aid Training

American Red Cross – Also disaster response training.

Also Check with your local EMS or Fire Department as they may offer some of the same trainings for free or a reduced cost.

Legal Resources

Alliance Defense Fund

ADF’s Allies Page (links to other Legal resources)

Money

Crown Financial Ministries

Crown’s Money Map

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

Networking

National Network of Youth Ministry

Pastor2Youth- Youth Worker Forums

Ministry Questions – Ask other Youth Workers

Youth Ministry Mentoring

Premarital Counseling

Prepare and Enrich – Best Premarital and Marital Counseling tools I know of.

Self-Care

SYM Soul Care; Confidential Peer Soul Care – Get help from those called to be Pastors to Youth Pastors (workers, leaders, etc.)

Menno-Link, Listing of Pastoral Self Care Sites, ideas, etc.

Technology

Seventy8Productions – Helped design this website, great resource for website development and social media assistance.

 

Special Thanks To Those Who Helped:

Kathryn Herrman @ Hope Comes Down for the suggestion and use of her Resource Page

Jeremy Smith @  Seventy8Productions for his web prowess.

Ryan Neilsen @ Pastor2youth.com for his collaboration.